President George Weah has clarified what appears to be a misinterpretation of his speech delivered during the Women’s Honoring Program held on Saturday, January 20 that formed part of the inaugural festivities at the Antoinette Tubman Sports Stadium in Monrovia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Weah acknowledged his respect for women’s rights, saying that he remains an ardent proponent of gender equality and strongly supports the “He for She” philosophy.
He added that he is the only political leader on record that oversaw the inclusion of seven women in the legislature while serving as political leader of the then Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
President Weah underscored the importance of maintaining women’s participation in public service, which inspired the choice of a female, Jewel Howard Taylor, as his vice running-mate. He said he was happy that his running-mate preference has become the first democratically elected female Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.
President Weah said he remains fully committed to women’s empowerment and gender equality and assured Liberian women that he will do everything in his power to ensure that they are ably represented in his administration.
He, however, clarified that during his speech at the women’s honoring program, he sought to retrospect on the then mandate by the NEC requiring each political party to put forward 30 percent women participation in government.
President Weah at the time was of the opinion that the 30 percent was too small and instead called for 50 percent representation.
This, according to the President, constituted the perspective he was speaking from, specifically in an effort to showcase his longstanding support for women’s empowerment and adequate participation in the governance process.
President Weah further clarified that he at no time promised that his government would consist of 50 percent female and 50 percent male, as is being falsely claimed by certain individuals.